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Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat - A Review

Updated on January 12, 2016
Jade Harmony Professional 3/16-Inch Yoga Mat
Jade Harmony Professional 3/16-Inch Yoga Mat

Rated the top eco-friendly yoga mat by consumers.

 

Best Eco Friendly Yoga Sticky Mat -- the Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat

As a yoga teacher, and as someone who's trying to make more environmentally-friendly choices in the way I live, I've put much thought into what type of yoga sticky mat to buy for myself and to recommend to my students.

The best eco-friendly yoga mat I've found is the Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat from JadeYoga.

This premium quality mat is made from natural rubber, a sustainable resource, and has good grip and cushioning, making it an ecologically friendly, good all-purpose yoga mat. The Jade Harmony Yoga Mat is manufactured in the United States and is sold through a number of different stores that carry sports and fitness equipment, including Amazon.com at very reasonable prices.

I love the feel of this mat as I practice. It allows me to hold poses such as Utthita trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose) and Adho mukha svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) with no worries about slipping feet or hands. The mat is dense enough that it lies flat rather than bunching up underfoot (or hand). It does still have a new-rubber smell but that's fading over time.

Update: I wrote this page in September, 2010. In March 2013 I replaced my original Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat with another one. The old mat, while still very usable and slip-resistant, had started to stretch lengthwise during use (part or all of that could've been avoided if I used my legs a little differently in standing poses). Given that I used this mat for each class I taught (8 - 9 classes/week) and during my own practice at my studio, it held up well. I expect my new mat to work out just as well.

A Good All-Purpose Yoga Mat

What drew me first to the Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat is that it's made from a renewable resource, natural rubber, and is manufactured in the United States in compliance with national environmental and labor laws, making it a good eco-friendly choice.

The open-cell construction gives all JadeYoga mats their great non-slip surface, even for people who sweat a lot during their practice. I've used a couple of closed-cell natural rubber yoga mats from a different yoga mat company, and while they were generally fine to work with, I had more slippage than with my Harmony mat.

The Jade Harmony Yoga mat comes in two lengths: 68" is the standard length, and 74" for the taller yoga practitioner. The standard width is 24", but some stores now also carry the 27" extra wide mat. At 3/16" thick, it has good cushioning but not so much as to make yoga balance poses unstable. The standard size mat weights about 4.5 lbs. It comes in an assortment of colors.

The Jade Harmony mat can be cleaned with mild soap and water, rinsed thoroughly, and hung to dry out of direct sunlight. Since this mat is made out of natural rubber, direct sunlight will start to break down the mat.

Why Buy an Eco Friendly Yoga Mat?

Natural Rubber Jade Harmony Yoga Mat
Natural Rubber Jade Harmony Yoga Mat

Photo of Jade Harmony Yoga Mat from G Living Blog

Most of the yoga mats being sold and used today are made from the plastic PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which during production emits toxic chemicals such as the carcinogen dioxin. There's also not much effort yet to recycle PVC products, so they end up in landfills, possibly leaching out more harmful chemicals.

According to Yoga Journal, approximately 15 million people practice yoga in the United States. This translates into millions of mats, and large quantities of the "eco-unfriendly" PVC mat material. Most of these mats end up eventually in landfills where they don't biodegrade.

Ahimsa -- "Do No Harm"

The most basic tenet of yoga is Ahimsa, or "do no harm". How can we in good conscience continue to buy PVC yoga mats when they're made from unsustainable petroleum products, and harmful to the environment?

JadeYoga, the company that produces this mat, is actively practicing Ahimsa toward the environment with their choice of using sustainable natural rubber for their mats, and by following safe environmental and labor regulations. They also "give back" to the environment by planting a tree for every mat they sell.

Jade Harmony Mat -- High Customer Satisfaction for an Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

According to ConsumerSearch, the Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat has the highest ratings for customer satisfaction for an ecologically friendly yoga mat.

With close to 80 customer ratings currently listed on Amazon.com, the Jade Harmony Yoga mat has a 4.5 out of 5.0 overall rating. People gave this mat high marks for its non-skid surface and for the cushioning, and the fact that it's an eco friendly yoga mat. Because it's heavier than the common, inexpensive plastic (PVC) mats, it lies flat rather than bunching up.

Comments about drawbacks for the Jade Harmony Yoga mat include higher cost, a strong rubber smell (this fades over time but doesn't completely disappear), it's heavier than many other mats, so not as easy to carry to classes, some people have had difficulty cleaning it because of its open cell construction (readily picks up hair and dust), and for some it wears out quickly. This last is a drawback of products made from most natural materials -- they "biodegrade"! Plastic yoga mats, on the other hand, will last for a long, long time even after you're done with them!

For me, these drawbacks are small compared to the over-riding benefits of this eco-friendly, non-skid mat. I don't have problems with cleaning it, and I don't mind the rubber smell. I also love the way this mat helps with my yoga practice!

Consider Buying it for Yourself

Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat on Amazon

If you're ready to buy your next yoga mat, take a good look at this sturdy and environmentally friendly mat. You'll be supporting an eco-responsible company, while you get good traction, stability and cushioning with this premium quality yoga mat.

You'll be able to choose from an assortment of colors, and the standard or long lengths.

Currently, prices average a little under $50 for the standard length mat, and a little over $50 for the long mat.

Jade Harmony Yoga Mat

Carry Your Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat in Style

Good yoga gym bags and tote bags for carrying your Jade Harmony Eco-friendly yoga mat and other gear for class or for the gym.

If You Want More Information

Check out these links for more information on JadeYoga and its products, on Yoga mat reviews, and on PVC.

What is your experience with your yoga mats? Have you tried a Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat? What did you think? Is there another eco-friendly yoga mat that works well for you?

Have You Used A Jade Harmony Yoga Mat?

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      Karen 3 years ago from U.S.

      @SmartYoga: It's worked well for me -- good traction, and stays flat on the floor!

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      SmartYoga 3 years ago

      Beautiful lens! No, I haven't tried the Jade Harmony mat, I like my Manduka, but may consider a Jade Harmony as a lighter option for traveling!

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      maryctucker 5 years ago

      Good collective job.Congratulations for this awesome work.

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Congrats on your win for the Aug/Sept Professional Squids Product Review Project/Contest. You have done a wonderful job with this page...I'm sure you are enjoying sipping a treat from your gift basket after a refreshing workout on your Jade Harmony Yoga Mat ;)

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Congratulations on winning the Professional Squids contest! This is an excellent lens and I definitely think your yoga mat should be eco-friendly. :)

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Good job on this product lens. The eco-friendly is a plus!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on winning the Aug/Sept Product Review Lens for Professional Squids. Great job!

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      I know I don't have one of these, mine only cost me $5..! I don't do much Yoga these days, but this is good information for those who use their mat a lot. Congrats on being chosen winner of the Aug./Sept. lens project on ProSquids!!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Congratulations on the Professional Squid award! You built an outstanding lens, period. :D

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      Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

      Congrats on winning the professional Squid award! Great job describing the Jade Harmony Yoga Mat.

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      I think I want one of these! I like the idea that it does not contain any pvc's.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I haven't done Yoga in a long time but this Jade Harmony Yoga Mat makes me want to start back.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This Jade Harmony Yoga Mat sounds like it would be a great choice.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      Beautiful! I received my yoga mat as a present, and I'm not sure if it's eco friendly or not, but if I was to get another one it would definitely be one of these.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done lens; I don't do Yoga nor have I tried one of these interesting yoga mats.

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      LotusMalas 6 years ago

      The Jade Harmony mat is my absolute Favorite yoga mat! I have it in light blue :) Lensrolled to both my yoga props lenses!

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